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Bitter Woman India Pale Ale - Tyranena Brewing Company

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Bitter Woman India Pale AleBitter Woman India Pale Ale

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Ratings: 711
Reviews: 398
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.46%
Wants: 33
Gots: 42 | FT: 0
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Tyranena Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  5.75% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Bierman9 on 10-22-2002

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Ratings: 711 | Reviews: 398
Photo of tpd975
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a nice golden hue color that is crystal clear. Nice sized foamy white head with good lacing.

S: Nice mix of grassu hoppy and citrus fruits. Slight malty sweetness detected as well.

T: Nice bitter flavors right up fornt. This is a nicely hopped brew. It comes at you mostly citrus but there is a slight floral quality as well. There is some malt in there to cut thru making it rather good.

M: Medium in body with good carbonation.

D: Nice and drinkable if you like hops. It may be a bit too hoppy of an IPA for some, but for me it was wonderful. The hops are nice and crisp and really linger in the mouth. A nice drinking brew.

Photo of emerge077
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep amber pour, a finger of creamy foam, and lacing left behind.

Floral aroma with some light maltiness, not as pungent as I had hoped for.

Earthy hops, long bitter aftertaste, a little bit chalky. Citrus and pine are central flavors, standard for an American IPA. Pale malt in the background. Overall a good standby, it didn't rock my world though.

Photo of scootny
4.35/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle courtesy of bdrc. Thank you. Poured into my tulip tumbler. A thick rich two finger head that has some staying power slowly fades away to a thick mound leaving lacing along the glass. Copper in color the glass has a touch of particles in suspension keeping it from being completely clear. Light carbonation is visible from time to time.

Smell is hoppy. A good mix of citrus and pine. A good malt note in the back with light caramel.

Taste is well balanced with a stronger malt presence that the nose would suggest. Indeed after the initial grapefruit barrage the malty caramel aspect rushes to the fore, hold up its head and then surrenders to a clean hop bittering in the finish. Crackers remain on the roof of my palate.

Mouthfeel is medium weight and spot on carbonation. Tingly and pleasant.

Drinkability is wonderful. easy to knock back as many as you want.

Photo of wheatyweiss
3.91/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint.

Appearance is a light copper with a head that leaves tons of sticky lace. Very nice, a beautiful beer.

Aroma is hops with caramel malts, grassy...lewisite, freshly cut alfalfa. Malts are subdued bu there.

Taste is hops up front, grassy, piney hops with a small malt in the background. Wow, the hops are there with this one. Hops are bitter and wonderful, strong and tongue numbing.

Mouthfeel is crisp and refreshing. Carbonation is prefect.

Drinkability is good, very smooth.

I like this beer, the hops are a little over the top, there isn't much balance there, it's kinda thin, but good and refreshing.

Photo of WYVYRN527
2.87/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I'm looking at a pint glass with no emotion. The beer pours with a thick head that reatins at the top and sticks to the walls of the glass. The color is a dark amber with almost no motion to it whatsoever.
On the nose I smell a slight hop aroma with a bit of wood to back it up. The coniferous presence of hops shows itself at the very end.
While showing the IPA character this beer was trying to go for, it still lacked the bite that most have. The flavor is short lasting, with pine and a hint of citrus on the back of the tongue.
While full bodied, this beer shows almost no character. It is still, just waiting to be spilled.
I cannot say what I truly think of this beer right away because this is the first time I have tasted it. However, I am not impressed as of now. The flavor is there, but they need to work on the carbonation of the product. It also does not help that distributors are merging and have influence on the way the beers are produced.
Would I buy this beer again? Yes. Just to see if I had a bad sixer or if this is the way it turns out all the time. I'll give it another chance. I have not yet come across an IPA I did not like, and I'm not about to judging by the first experience.

Photo of Pauly2X
4.14/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Clear deep gold, half finger head.

S- Sweet citrusy hops.

T- Great balance, wonderful hop flavor throughout with just enough malt to keep it in check.

M- Light but not watery.

D- I put down a few pints here and there.

Just a great solid IPA, nice work.

Photo of SkinnyElvis
4.32/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cheers to atron67 for this brew in a trade. Pours with a thin head than goes quick. Dark amber in color. Huge bitter citrus hops smell & taste. This is a hop bomb & not meant to be balanced. ABV is reasonable & this is drinkable for a hop head.


Photo of Deuane
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Dark amber with a thin off white head that left some lacing.

S-An upfront pine and citrus hop blast. A mild malty sweetness pokes thru at the end.

T-Nice, aggressively citrus and pine hop smack. Light caramel malt sweetness helps balance it out. Great bitterness in the aftertaste.

M-Medium body with nice carbonation and lingering astringency.

D-Totally solid product. I would be happy with this brew being my hometown go to IPA. Nice job.

Photo of icemonkey908
4.51/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

My second Tyranena beer, and this one does not disappoint either. An aggressive pout leaves around 2 fingers of head on the top of the pint glass. A very sticky head that aggressively laces on the glass throughout the beer. Very clear with a copper orange color. An excellent beer to look at.

Aroma is exceptionally strong. Citrus hops can be detected from feet away. The taste has a strong citrus component. Big grapefruit flavor up front with perhaps some lemon zing and a little bit of pine. Not nearly as piney as some other IPAs, though. A little bit of malty sweetness can be detected as well, but this is all about the hops.

Great beer that I'll be sure to have again.

Photo of BoitSansSoif
4.24/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a rich deep ruby amber with lush off-white head and leaves decent lacing.
S-Floral hops with citrus notes of grapefruit, resin, and tangerine. Pleasant notes of rich toasted malt, and ripe blossoms. Specialty malts in this one too? There's also a pleasant rustic barnyard scent that lingers backstage.
T-Attack is fruity and slightly sweet, but bitter hops already ride in on the midpalate, and shorten the experience. The citrusy hops and roast malt ride through to the end, with the grapefruit dominating through the finish, and cleansing the palate. The toasted malt rides along well on the back of the hops, and both are bold and well-balanced.
M-Great mouthfeel, good carbonation and well-balanced body and flavor.
D-My second from this brewery this week. I need to stop by one of these days. Like the Hop Whore, I don't think this beer will appeal to everyone. It's rustic, bold, and ballsy, and the earthy edge seems to turn some people off, but I love it.

Photo of CaptainIPA
3.99/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 16 JAN 08.

Pours copper amber. Disappointing head. No retention. Weaves a great lacy web.

Aroma: orange, grapefruit, lemon zest.

Caramel malt upfront, quickly overtaken by sweet hoppin' ride throughout. Bitter woman finish.

This gal's easy to drink. A hophead must try. She's definitely a keeper.

4.07/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Body settles in the glass a honey golden amber hosting a light tan head at about one finger high. Head fades quick and leaves very little lace. Nose is soft but pleasant with sweet faint malt mixed in with woodsy hops and even a hint of candied fruit. Crisp piney hops enter the mouth and quickly morph into a mineral based hop richness on the tongue. Hop feel is nicely balanced by a slightly sweet hop profile which shows a bit of nuttiness also. Overall this is a big fat flavorful IPA. Bitterness is dry and enjoyable but I would not call it intense. A rather thick mouthfeel. Very enjoyable to drink.

Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to brdc for this brew.

Pours a nice very slight hazy dark golden orange color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy creamy off-white head, which left some sticky lacing. The nose is malty, nice hop tones, citrus/pines, and some caramel. The taste is slightly sweet, malty/hoppy, citrus/pines, with some caramel tones. The finish is slightly dry/bitter, very nice. Medium body, this is a pretty tasty IPA, recommended.

Photo of Tilley4
4.31/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of Lordsloth per the Virgin BIF. Thanks!!

Very nice hazy honey orange color with a small head that quickly fades..

Aroma of faint piney/citrusy hops with an underlying maltiness..

Wow! Big citrusy hop flavor all the way through here. Very hoppy and delicious. Quite possibly the longest bitter finish of any brew I've ever had and I'm loving it. What it lacks in aroma is definitely made up for in taste.

Definitely one of the top 3 tastiest IPAs yet..

Photo of jjayjaye
3.56/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one from a trade with Pitmonkey; thanks Erich.

Pours a slightly hazy pale orange amber color with a foamy shallow off white head that fades slowly to spotty patterns of lacing. It has a grassy lemon citrus smell along with an understated malt character. This one may be oxidized. Adequately carbonated, the mouth feel is medium-light bodied with a bitter hop texture that lingers some. Big hoppy flavor with a roasty English Ale yeast thing going on. Definitely not what i was expecting; too cool! I had a lot of fun with this one. Check it out.

Photo of timbro81
3.55/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Beertracker for the opportunity. No bottle date noticable. Pours a nice copper/orange with a nice little head that settles to a fine ring that hangs around for the duration of the beer. Good carbonation and lacing. Smells faintly of grapefuity hops but grainy malts override. Light mouthfeel that is quite vivid with hops and carbonation. A flash of malty sweetness flashes before some big piney/grapefruity hops overtake the finish. Not too balanced overall. Would like to try this fresh from brewery.

Photo of cookin420
3.44/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle into a pubglass.

Amber-orange with medium haze. Average head.

Intense florals. Cascades, Amarillo, yes? Plenty of caramel in the nose and some chive.

Tasty. As described, this is bitter stuff. The bittering addition wraps my toungue in swollen hurt. Flowers and lime. Not much of a malt presence. Slightly metallic, maybe even medicinal. Phenols are here.

Feels just right for the style

A bit harsh maybe to session, and I session some intense stuff. Sasisfies my bitter jones but lacks smoothness.

Photo of theformula
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer #45 in my 366 Days of Beer Quest, tasted on 2/14, Valentine's Day. Ha, it's a hilarious coincidence but I didn't plan to drink "Bitter Woman" today. Appropriate.

A: Dark copper body; a 2" off-white head froms w/ good retention; body is slightly cloudy. Decent lacing.

S: Nice aroma, but it's not really impressive for an IPA. Piney, citrusy hops dominate but aren't very fragrant. Grains & bready malt along w/ caramel & light toffee balance, but overall it's simple and soft.

M: Light body, med. carbonation. Firm body, very light & crisp. A bit thin.

T: It is assertively bitter but that's nearly all that's going for it, almost. Sticky, piney hops & citrus (orange) stay around for awhile. Caramel, grainy malts can't hold up to the alpha acids, so it could use more balance.

D: A decent IPA and tasty for sure, but it doesn't quite do it for me. The aromatics need some work and it's bitter, yes, but it's not outstading in a sea of great IPA's out there. Worth a drink.

Photo of Homerbag
4.46/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I got a growler of this fresh from the brewery and I'll be a sinner if I say that this was not one of the finest beers I have ever had.

Thick pillow head that retained wonderfully. The aroma of spicy, grapefruit like hops was upfront with a balance of sweet malt. Taste was a mix of piney and citrus with damn near perfect balance of malt that made it very smooth and refreshing.

The head on this was amazing, the taste was was damn good. I've reviewed this before, but fresh from the tap (I had my kids with me so I couldn't enjoy it at the bar) in a growler was a different animal. I normally take a couple days to polish of a growler, this was too good and finished it over the course of the night. If you see this on tap get it, you will not be let down.

Photo of drseamus
4.17/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap at the Tyranena tasting room.

Pours a nice amber color with a quickly disappearing white head. The aroma is strong and very grapefruity. Smells like a good west coast IPA. Not suprisingly at all, it tastes like one as well. There is a strong initial blast of grapefruity hops with a good intense bitterness, but everything fades pretty quickly leaving only a touch of bitterness. Medium bodied with good drinkability.

Photo of bboven
3.42/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Medium-light hazy copper body with a finger of head that lasts and leaves a lot of lacing.

A surprising amount of malt in the aroma, the hops definitely take a back seat. This wouldn't even be right for an English IPA.is
The flavor is a bit more balanced, though leans too much to the malty side for the style. Big bitterness at the end though.

Mouthfeel is moderate/high carbonation, a little drying.

This beer needs some dry hopping and a little more hop flavor to be truly to style, but a very good beer in and of itself nonetheless.

Photo of HumuloneRed
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. Bottle - The aroma is crisp citrusy with a good bready malt presents.
The beer pours a clear orange with an off-white head and and soapy lacing.
The flavor is nice and balance with emphasis on the hop bitterness. By and large a drinkable and well made IPA.

Photo of gpcollen1
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden amber into my Nonic Imp Pint. Head is a soft dirty white 1/2 cushion. Aroma is lightly sweet with an earthy hoppy aroma.

This one is soft on the mouth, delicate almost...until the sweetness transitions into some more robust hoppiness...then again countered by and increasing sweetness and then to a dry and hoppy finish with the bitterness riding in nicely.

This is a fun and drinkable IPA that I could enjoy often. Nothing over the top but very good.

Photo of botham
4.32/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip. pours a deep amber color with garnet highlights, and a few fingers of off-white head that remain for a couple minutes and leave moderate lacings.

aroma is hoppy, with a spicy character and a bit of caramel from the malts. a coniferous character forms the base, with the aromatic hops refining it.

taste is more of the same, with a smoother hop character. though hoppy, the brew remains smooth and drinkable. not overpowering, but hoppy enough to make it a true IPA. finishes on a hoppy note.

mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with a light bite from CO2. finishes dry with lingering hop bitterness.

drinkability is great (for an IPA). the hops are aromatic and pleasant, but smooth and refined on the palate. an elegantly crafted IPA. maybe one of the best from Tyranena. cheers!

Photo of Slynger
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This one appears to be clear and bright pumpkin in color. A good amount of fuzzy white head sets atop.

The smell is all hoppy. Sweet citrus, orange and pineapple, along with grassy, earthy hops. There may be some malts lying underneath, but my nose chose not to notice.

Less sweet citrus in the taste than the smell, but it's still there. Lightly sweet of those oranges and pineapples. Toasted and biscuit malts show up to the party for good measure. The finish is bitter, but far from overpowering; citrus rinds with bitter, earthy hops.

Medium to light in body, and full of fresh, smooth carbonation equals high drinkability.

Bitter Woman is a well-named and well done beer. It's kind of like that old hag that lived next to me as a kid. She'd yell at me for cutting across her lawn, but once you bring her the paper she'll invite you in for some beer and pretz--I mean milk and cookies.

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Bitter Woman India Pale Ale from Tyranena Brewing Company
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